Do you remember Pillsbury Pudding Pockets?
Let's talk about the ultimate upgrade to the already delightful world of cupcakes—the Pillsbury Pudding Pocket! In 1985, Pillsbury took the concept of a moist and delicious cupcake to a whole new level by stuffing it with pudding. The result? Pure deliciousness.
The timing of their release couldn't have been better for me. During the mid-1980s, my sister went through a baking phase, and she not only made the Pudding Pockets from the package but also tried her hand at creating homemade versions. While I must admit that her homemade attempts turned out a bit messy, all the essential components for the pockets were there. Messy or not, I couldn't resist indulging in these delightful treats packed with pudding, cake, and frosting.
Pudding Pockets came in three mouthwatering flavors:
Yellow cake with Fudge Center
Devil's Food Cake with Chocolate Center
Devil's Food Cake with Vanilla Center
Now, if I had to pick a favorite, it would undoubtedly be the Devil's Food with Vanilla Center. They reminded me of the iconic Hostess Cupcakes, although they had their own unique taste.
Interestingly, I stumbled upon an article from 1985 that reviewed the Pudding Pocket, and it wasn't entirely positive. The panel of bakers cited the high price (at $1.79) and flavor issues as major drawbacks. However, one suggestion caught my attention—replacing the pudding with cream. Although I'm not sure if "Cream Pockets" would have been the best product name, it's an intriguing idea to consider.
If you don't remember Pudding Pockets, fear not! I've got just the thing to refresh your memory. Take a trip down memory lane with this commercial from the past, and let the nostalgia of Pudding Pockets take you back to a time when cupcakes were filled with pudding goodness.
In 1985, they released a series of print ads for the Pudding Pocket. Each of of them came with a coupon with no expiration date. So if they ever re-release the Pudding Pocket, here is an easy way to save twenty cents.